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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Own a piece of NYC history at 9 West 19th Street

building for sale, 9 West 19th Streetfor saleI'm representing a little gem of a building in the heart of the 'Ladies Mile Historic Landmark District', at 9 West 19th Street. When I received a call from the owner, I was excited as this is a building which I pass by each day on my way to work. I admired the building's wonderful terra-cotta facade with restored, intricate, wood framed windows, even before being retained as the exclusive marketing agent for it. After my first walk through I was even more excited, as it is in excellent condition, and retains some lovely pre-war details throughout.

The building is mixed-use, may be commercial or residential as-of-right, and can be delivered vacant. That's the most versatile scenario for it's new owners. This is a prime opportunity for an owner to use the ground floor space with separate entrance, to operate a business, while living on the upper floors; or produce substantial income from commercial and/or residential rentals to offset the costs of ownership. It would also make a huge single family townhouse. Condo developers and investors will want to consider that the building has substantial floor area ratio available which will allow for expansion, or possible air-rights transfers.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Vintage NYC scenes and skyline, now on-line

Penn Station, 1935, by Berenice Abbott
Penn StationsitesI'm creating the marketing program for a new building that I'm representing for sale at 9 West 19th Street (more on that coming soon). It was built in 1903 in the 'Ladies Mile Historic District'. I wanted to design a memorable visual identity for this property, which would speak to its history and landmark status. I decided to look for archival photos of it; and that lead to checking if Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) had ever photographed the block. She was a great photographer who documented NYC in the WPA/FAP era from 1935 to 1938 in her seminal work, Changing New York.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Barbara Corcoran on staging your home for sale

Barbara Corcoran on the Today showsellingWe welcome The Corcoran Group founder, Barbara Corcoran, to the center column here via youtube, to see her recent, three-part series about preparing a home for sale. It's full of tips for sellers on every budget. She covers several different locations including a NYC apartment. The principles of home staging remain essentially the same for houses and apartments: remove clutter, brighten up, and create a space that your buyer can imagine themselves living in. Thanks Barbara for letting us share these with our readers! You can watch all three videos by scrolling down, after the jump...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

new! the real estate book shop at comitini.com

the book shop at comitini.com Introducing the real estate book shop at comitini.com. As some of you who read me know, I'll occasionally talk about a book, and embed an amazon.com linkThe Island at the Center of the World, so that you can get more info, read reviews, and buy it too. I've expanded that idea to include a book shop here. This is a test flight, which I hope to make permanent. A substantial portion of any profits from the book shop will be used to support Corcoran Cares, a grassroots, charitable initiative by Corcoran's agents, to give back to the communities we serve. The portfolio of charities is published on the company site. I'm excited to be able to use this platform to help further the work of these organizations.

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